Station Voice Powered By Vivox Making Wonderful Noise In Sony Online Entertainment Games

July 31, 2008


EverQuest II and Star Wars
Galaxies Go Live With Free Voice Chat, EverQuest to Follow Suit Soon

Station Voice™, a service powered by
Vivox® that allows players to talk to each other in online games, is now
available in the role-playing games EverQuest® II and Star Wars Galaxies™, Sony
Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), announced today. Station Voice, which is
scheduled to be available next month in EverQuest, is available for players at
no additional cost with their current subscription plan.

“In-game voice chat is an enhanced
new feature gamers of all levels can enjoy. Now, SOE’s players can easily talk
to one another and better enjoy the online gaming experience,” said John Smedley,
president of Sony Online Entertainment. “The integration of Station Voice into
these initial games was seamless, and we look forward to incorporating this
added gaming experience into other SOE titles, as well as implementing the next
phase of features to come soon.”

The initial launch of Station Voice
will allow players to:

  • Talk person-to-person in game with
    any microphone and headset combo

  • Chat with their party, guild or
    any other group in game

  • Play and communicate without worry
    of a significant increase in game lag

  • Manage group/user participation
    with moderator controls Individually mute and set volume per user

  •  Set up easily without the
    need for separate software, accounts or registration

“SOE’s commitment to the player
experience and their game communities is unrivalled and presents an incredible
opportunity to demonstrate the power of voice,” said Rob Seaver, CEO of Vivox.
“Through a magnificent implementation, SOE has delivered high quality voice
chat, seamless access, instant groups, intuitive controls and a fantastic and
immersive experience for their players.”

In addition to these current
features, SOE is planning to implement other Vivox services into Station Voice
later this year, such as voice fonts and the ability to connect to games from
Station Launcher. SOE’s plan to integrate the service with Station Launcher
should allow anyone who uses the Station Launcher, even if he or she doesn’t
otherwise subscribe to an SOE game, to take advantage of these powerful voice
chat capabilities. These features, which are intended to support hundreds of
players in a channel, are also slated to be extended to other current and future
SOE titles, such as The Agency™.

For specific details and tips on how
to use Station Voice in each game, log onto